Feb 12, 2024

Lassiter reaches 500 steals career milestone

KNOWN for his offensive prowess, Marcio Lassiter also showed the defensive side of his game.

On Sunday, the San Miguel Beer gunner was officially awarded his plaque for becoming the 34th player in PBA history to record 500 steals.

The 36-year-old Lassiter achieved the career milestone at the 2:18 mark of the first quarter of Game 4 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup final between San Miguel and Magnolia when he stole the ball from Magnolia guard Paul Lee.

The Gilas Pilipinas wingman is the eighth active player to pull off the feat and just the sixth in franchise history after Rosalio 'Yoyong' Martirez, Olsen Racela, Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, and Arwind Santos.

Lassiter was joined by wife Jerlyn and their five kids when he accepted the symbolic plaque from PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial at halftime of Game 5 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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Marcial was with San Miguel Corporation sports director Alfrancis Chua, San Miguel governor Robert Non, and Magnolia governor Rene Pardo during the brief awarding ceremony.

After the game, Lassiter's total steals are now at 502 and counting.

The career achievement was the second in a week for Lassiter, who in Game 2 of the title series moved past Ronnie Magsanoc at no. 5 in the all-time three-point made list, according to PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.(RG)